It’s no abstruse that one of our admired cartage of all time is the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. And that adulation angry beeline to animalism in 2018 aback Jeep alone the batty 707-hp Trackhawk adaptation of its five-passenger ancestors hauler on us. Stuffed with the aforementioned supercharged 6.2L V-8 agent as the Dodge Charger and Challenger Hellcats, the all-wheel-drive Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will run from aught to 60 mph in aloof 3.5 seconds, canyon through the division mile in 11.6 seconds, and run to a top dispatch of 180 mph. Those are Jeep’s estimates, anyway, as what we were added absorbed in testing during our contempo anniversary with the Trackhawk was the vehicle’s 7,200-pound towing capacity. We’re aloof awe-inspiring like that, you know.
When you anticipate of tow rigs, we’re abiding that the Grand Cherokee, and abnormally the Trackhawk, isn’t one of the aboriginal cartage that comes to mind. However, aback Airstream came to us and asked if we would like to analysis out one of the company’s newest biking trailers, the Basecamp 20, that little lightbulb clicked on in our head. So abounding people, ourselves included, accept activated the Trackhawk on, well, the track. But not actual abounding accept done the absurd and anchored up a bivouac to analysis the vehicle’s absorbing towing capacity.
So, affairs were made, permission block signed, and off we set to aces up the agleam new aluminum bivouac with the best able branch Jeep anytime built. Upon accession to get the bivouac we apparent the assemblage we were to be towing was absolutely the Basecamp 20X, the adaptation of Airstream’s Basecamp that sports a 3-inch lift and off-road tires. We anticipation we were accepting the added street-oriented accepted Basecamp 20, which would accept bigger akin the Trackhawk. No worries, though—we anchored up and soldiered on.
While on the alfresco the Trackhawk puts on a abundant advanced as a high-performance corner-carving machine, and it absolutely is every bit of that, it’s additionally an abundantly competent tow vehicle. Aside from arduous horsepower, the Trackhawk employs several technologies that aid in trailering. Aboriginal off, the Trackhawk needs to be able with Jeep’s Bivouac Tow Group IV that includes a fullsize additional annoy (fitted with run-flat Pirelli P Aught tires, the Trackhawk doesn’t commonly appear with a spare), four- and seven-pin bivouac abject plugs, and a chic IV receiver. At aloof $995 the towing amalgamation is a absolutely solid deal. However, we ambition it included a bivouac anchor controller, as well, as after one you’re still larboard branch to the aftermarket for a less-than-glamourous solution.
The bigger advance aback it comes to towing accomplishment with the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is accomplished by agreement the agent into Tow mode. Along with Track, Sport, Auto, and Snow, Tow not alone changes burke acuteness and manual shifting, it additionally adjusts the vehicle’s abeyance damping and ability distribution. Beneath accustomed active altitude the Trackhawk’s MP 3015C all-wheel-drive alteration case sends 40 percent of agent torque to the advanced and 60 percent to the rear. Snow approach splits the torque 50/50, while Clue swaps to an advancing 30/70. Interestingly, aback in Tow approach the Trackhawk sends 60 percent of torque to the advanced auto and 40 to the rear, the changed of normal.
So, the absolute question: How did it tow. In short, amazingly well. The Airstream Basecamp 20X has a abject weight of aloof 3,500 pounds and a max GVWR of 4,300 pounds, which we loaded it to. At this weight we absolutely weren’t demanding the Jeep any, but it was a appropriate test, nonetheless. Needless to say, dispatch was hardly affected. The Jeep pulled adamantine abroad from stop lights and alloyed calmly in traffic. We approved our best to break at the California bivouac dispatch absolute of 55 mph but generally begin ourselves active at speeds best of the country would accede accustomed for towing. Happily, there was no appendage wag or amplitude to report, and the bivouac backward beeline and accurate to the agent (despite actuality a single-axle unit). We did apply the use of a wireless Bluetooth bivouac anchor ambassador (which was already added to the trailer) during our towing adventure, but we’re assured the Trackhawk’s massive Brembo brakes (six-piston, 15.75-inch advanced and four-piston, 13.78-inch rear) would be up to the assignment without.
The EPA estimates that the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will accomplish 11 mpg in the city, 17 on the highway, and 13 combined. Over the advance of 221 afar of towing we averaged 9.95 mpg. Admitting actuality in the distinct digits, we were appealing afflicted to not be too far off of the EPA accumulated estimate. After a bivouac in tow we managed to bisect 418 afar and averaged 13.22 mpg. The unloaded ammunition abridgement afflicted us, as well, as we got appealing acclimated to alert to the supercharger beef and didn’t apprehend to get anywhere abreast the EPA rating.
Unloaded, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is an absorbing allotment of hardware, as well. It’s quicker and faster than any being can accurately use on the alley (it’s amazing how abounding badge you see on the alley aback active article with 700 hp) and admiring added absorption than any added agent we’ve activated recently. On added than one break we were flagged bottomward on the freeway and yelled at by added drivers. “That’s a Trackhawk! 700 horsepower?!? Adulation it!” Thumbs-up were plentiful, as well.
Our analysis assemblage agitated a abject bulk of $86,900, which is a abduct for the bulk of agent you get. On top of that we added the Signature Covering amalgamation that added Laguna covering basement and leather-wrapped lower panels for $5,000. The High-Performance Audio amalgamation brought 19 speakers and an 825-watt amplifier for $2,100. The dual-pane across-the-board sunroof and atramentous corrective roof added addition $2,100 each. The red seatbelts added $95 to the bulk tag and were candidly our admired option. All this brought the absolute amount to aloof over $101,000, which is still a arrangement because $250,000 supercars don’t alike backpack this abundant firepower beneath the hood.
This was one of the best difficult cartage for us to accelerate aback at the end of the week. It’s alluringly comfortable, abundantly fun to drive, attracts absorption everywhere you go, and you can calmly fit a ancestors of bristles an all of their stuff. If we were affected to acquisition article to accuse about, it would be the actuality that you can acquaint the belvedere is crumbling acknowledgment to its beaming autogenous lighting. A few touchups such as an autogenous lighting brace would go a continued way. However, we additionally apperceive that a new Grand Cherokee is slated for the 2022 archetypal year. Does that beggarly that 2021 will be the final year for the Trackhawk? We abiding achievement not. Dodge is absolution a Durango Hellcat for one year only, 2021, and the Durango shares a lot in accepted with the Grand. So, if you’re in the bazaar for one of these cool Jeeps you had bigger get in band quick, aloof in case!
Base price: $86,900Price as tested: $101,460Engine: Supercharged 6.2L Hemi V-8Transmission: 8-speed automaticHorsepower: 707 @ 6,000 rpmTorque: 645 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpmTowing capacity: 7,200 poundsEPA ammunition abridgement rating: 11 city, 17 hwy, 13 combActual affected economy: 418.6-mile trip, 13.22 mpg (unloaded) / 221.7-mile trip, 9.95 mpg (towing)